Virgin Galactic

  • Propulsion Development Engineer

    Job Locations US-CA-Long Beach
    Req No.
    2018-4992
    Category
    Engineering
    Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Classification
    Exempt
  • Who we are

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    At Virgin Orbit, we launch the small satellite revolution, accessing space for missions that were previously unimaginable and fostering new ideas and technologies to create a truly spacefaring civilization. We deliver Virgin’s legendary customer service by pairing technological advancements with a clear focus on our customers’ needs. We build a workplace and a workforce for the future, knowing that our decisions and investments of today will launch the industries of tomorrow. We engage a diverse and inclusive community of dreamers and achievers in a shared mission to access space to improve life on Earth. At Virgin Orbit, we boost imagination. Search all of our job openings on our career portal.

     

    Position Summary

    Virgin Orbit (VO) is seeking a new member for our team to serve as a Propulsion Development Engineer. If you join us in this position, you will be a technical leader in design, development and test of rocket engine components, subassemblies and systems for the LauncherOne small satellite launch program. This role is for a hands-on person with great attention to detail and excellent people skills. The ideal candidate would be a generalist with both component and systems level experience with liquid rocket engines, fluid handling, vehicle stages and systems, operations, sensors and instrumentation. This is a full-time position at our rocket factory in beautiful Long Beach, California.

    Your Mission

    • Plan and execute rocket engine development and acceptance tests including operation on console as Responsible Engineer (RE) of test article
    • Create and maintain engine power balances, anchoring with test data, and forward predictions for test setup
    • Design and development of engine combustion devices and componentry
    • Analysis and interpretation of test and flight data
    • Manage test results, hardware configuration logs, and coordination of development activities with other departments
    • Create and maintain plumbing and instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs)
    • Make development decisions based on technical merit, cost, and schedule metrics
    • Coordinate interdisciplinary projects that impact functional groups across the program
    • Communicate results verbally and through written reports
    • Help Virgin Orbit do our part to make the world a better place
    • Constantly learn new things—and share them with your team members
    • Performs other duties as assigned

    What you bring

    If you want to join us, you’d better have all of these…

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering plus a minimum of 2 years of related experience
    • Experience with rocket development, design, and/or test operations
    • Capable of solving complex problems with little to no supervision on schedule as an individual or as a member of an integrated team
    • Strong work ethic and a self-starter
    • Ability and willingness to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing work environment
    • Driven, highly motivated, and committed to improvement
    • Ability to add something unique and positive to our team
    • Generally high level of all-around awesomeness
    • Able to spend up to 50% time (typical 25%) at our rocket engine and stage test site in Mojave, CA
    • Must be able to work all shifts and available for overtime as well as weekends when needed
    • Must be able to stoop, bend, crawl, and being able to maneuver in tight spaces
    • Physically able to handle items weighing up to 20lbs (unassisted)

    … and you should probably have a bunch of these, too...

    • Familiarity with all or some of the following software packages: MATLAB, NX, ANSYS, ROCETS, GFSSP, SINDA/FLUINT
    • Experience in low cost commercial space system ventures desired
    • Experience with air launched space launch vehicles or aircraft systems desired
    • Passion for space exploration and a firm belief in the utility of affordable access to space
    • Ability to thrive as a ‘one person team’

     

    ITAR Requirements
    To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

    Personal Requirements
    Our idea of a happy life: build rockets, work with brilliant people, serve purposeful customers, and open access to space. Sir Richard Branson’s belief is “If you get the perfect mix of people working for your company, you have a far greater chance of success.” From the very start, we have placed top priority on growing and fostering a team of creative, diverse, and talented women and men. In the words of Sir Richard Branson “We believe it’s better to have a hole in your team than an asshole in your team!”
    Search all of our job openings— www.VirginOrbit.com

    Virgin Orbit is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Virgin Orbit is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

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